from The Moon’s South, Ways of Elevating to the Ether, by John Paul “Polo” Kirkland

John Paul “Polo” Kirkland nació y se crió en la escénica área oeste de Puerto Rico el 9 de mayo de 1990. Su poesía habita una tierra de bellezas extremas, perturbada por el silencio brutal del discurso colonial, toca fibras éticas, históricas y filosóficas mediantes visiones, la introspección, la sátira y un llamado a un mundo surreal, extendiéndose a través de sus intimidades comunes.

Estudió y se graduó de Literatura Comparada en la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez. Actualmente, trabaja como maestro de idiomas y tutor.

John Paul “Polo” Kirkland was born and raised on the scenic west coast of Puerto Rico on May 9, 1990. Dwelling in a land of extreme beauties, shaken by the rough silence of colonial discourse, his poetry touches ethical, historical and philosophical fibers through visions, introspection, satire, and an appeal to a surreal world, extending into its common intimacies.

He studied and graduated with a degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus. Currently, he works as a language teacher and tutor.

Hassidic Witch Murderer, by Tyler Vile

Tyler Vile is a writer, performer, and activist from Baltimore, MD whose novel-in-verse, Never Coming Home, is available on Topside Press. She is a member of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance leadership team and the vocalist in a punk band called Anti-Androgen. Her interactive poetry zine, Hassidic Witch Murderer is available on her website, tylervile.wordpress.com. She aspires to one day become the world’s greatest transsexual yenta.

Photo credit: Justin Tsucalas

Patriot Days: A Message from the Republic, by Abigail Carl-Klassen

La obra de Abigail Carl-Klassen ha aparecido en varias revistas que incluyen ZYZZYVA, Cimarron Review, Guernica, Aster(ix) y Kweli. Fue nominada para el premio Pushcart y Best New Poets 2015 y su libro Shelter Management se publicará en 2017 con la editorial dancing girl press. Recibió una maestría de la Universidad de Texas en El Paso y enseñó en El Paso Community College y la Universidad de Texas en El Paso.

Abigail Carl Klassen’s work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Cimarron ReviewGuernicaAster(ix), and Kweli, among others. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets 2015 and her chapbook Shelter Management will be released in 2017 with dancing girl press. She earned an MFA from the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual Creative Writing Program and taught at El Paso Community College and the University of Texas, El Paso.

Ricky Ricardo is my Bedazzled Mom, by Gabriel Ojeda-Sague

Gabriel Ojeda-Sague is Miami < -> Philly, child of Cuban exiles and Puerto Ricans. His first collection, Oil and Candle (Timeless Infinite Light, March 2016), is a set of writings on Santeria, war, and the precarity of Latino-American lives. He is also the author of 4 chapbooks, most recently Where Everything is in Halves, poems against death through the Legend of Zelda, and ‘Yo’ Quiere Decir Sunburn, poems on anxious bilingualism. He has recently completed a manuscript on Jazzercise. 

Pizza and Warfare by Nikki Wallschlaeger

Nikki Wallschlaeger’s work has been featured or is forthcoming in P-Queue, The Brooklyn Rail, LIT,  The Journal Petra, Apogee, Jubilat & others. She is the author of the full-length collection Houses (Horseless Press 2015)  as well as the graphic chapbook I Hate Telling You How I Really Feel from Bloof Books (2016). Her second full length collection of poetry, Crawlspace, is forthcoming from Bloof Books in 2017.

Welcome to TraumaBurger by RE Katz

RE Katz is a genderqueer glitch performer. They work as a Teaching Artist with at-risk kids in the Buffalo school system. They have made three chapbooks: Any Berry You Like (iO Books, 2014), an Author Collection (Awst Press, 2015), and Pony at the Super (Horse Less Press, 2015). 

hyperkinetic reaction of childhood, by Elliott Sky Case

Elliott Sky Case is an LA native based in San Jose. Their work has appeared in Voicemail Poemsas well as two self-released zines, get home safe and dog star. Elliott is a Virgo sun/Libra moon/Scorpio rising and married to the sunset.

Imaginary conversation in which you are a flock of birds, by Laura Theobald

Laura Theobald is a poet currently living in New Orleans. Her full length poetry collection is “What My Hair Says About You” from the Montreal-based small press publisher Metatron (2016). Her chapbooks are “Edna Poems” (Lame House, 2016), “The Best Thing Ever” (Boost House, 2015), and “eraser poems” (H-NGM-N, 2014). She completed her MFA in poetry from LSU in 2016, and has served as an editor and book designer for a number of small press publishers. She is currently a book designer for BOAAT and a freelance book designer. Her recent poems have appeared in Sink Review, Hobart, Pinwheel, Witch Craft Magazine, The Atlas Review, Everyday Genius, and the Black Warrior Review among others. 

white. savior. black. messiah. by jayy dodd

jayy dodd is a blxk question mark from los angeles, california – now based on the internet. they are a professional writer & literary editor. their work has appeared / will appear in Lambda Literary, The Establishment, Assaracus, Winter Tangerine, Dreginald, & Guernica among others. they’re the author of [sugar in the tank] on Pizza Pi Press. their debut collection Mannish Tongues will be be released in 2017 on Platypus Press. find them talking trash or taking a selfie.

photo by Bree Gant